Mourn-able Bodies & the Emotive Politics of Childhood in Global Events
In the last few weeks my TV screen, news feeds, and conversations have been filled with children (even more than usual). Syria’s refugee crisis, unaccompanied minors from Central America ‘overwhelming’ the US border, the seemingly endlessly rising number of children (and others) killed by Israel’s attack on Gaza; and elsewhere the names and lives of children killed aboard flight MH17, and Febrina the asylum seeker disappeared aboard an Australian ship somewhere at sea.
What is the presence of these children, in these news stories, telling us? How are we asked to read their bodies, their lives, their stories? What does the presence of children indicate about the stories we are telling about world events? What about the words we use to describe them?
I’ve found myself collecting stories, images, infographics of young people. This isn’t necessarily a post with answers, but a post for questions, an effort to record. It is also long.
[note that many of the links in this post contain graphic images/video/descriptions. I’ve tried to avoid links with autoplay videos, hopefully. While this post is a round-up of links and I encourage you to read original sources I mention, please proceed with caution]. I’ve also chosen not to include any images in this post, which makes it word-heavy, but is a conscious choice.